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Michael Collins

Michael Collinswrote a review of on November 20, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Used these gloves for 2 previous ski seasons without any concern for cold hands. They are very warm with the 4x4 liners to about -10 degrees C. Below that, simple y slip-in a heat pack and you're off again. Only word of caution is getting too warm. In that case, drop the liners and go bare. Superb grip in the palms. Getting ready for the 3rd season without no signs of wear. Very pleased with these gloves.

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Michael Collins

Michael Collinswrote a review of on November 13, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Not listed on BC for Toko Edge Tuner but I will give some feedback here. Only difference is Edge Tuner has plastic guide and the Pro has wheels along the ski base. Its important to make sure the base is clean before doing side edging with either tool. For rec skis, I do not tape the base so keeping a smooth cutting/polishing stoke is important. For aggressive cuts using a file, do not apply much pressure. Let the tool work and take more smoother cuts to get your angle. Use a sharpie with thick tip to gauge you progress. When close, switch to DMT black/blue/red and green if racer to polish up. Tool is very easy to adjust angle. Tool has good physical design to fit in palm of your hand for smooth cuts. Pleased with results.

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Michael Collins

Michael Collinswrote a review of on November 13, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Use the 110mm DMT in base edge guide after setting 1 degree with file. Used black/220 to bring angle in then followed up with blue/325 and red/600 to polish to nice finish. This is more than enough for rec skier. Followed same routine using a Toko side edger but needed more file work to bring side close to 2 degree. I suggest that only race skiers need the green/1200 DMT. I lubricated the DMT's with water and a squirt or two of household citrus degreaser which really help to keep the DMT clean. Make sure you clean the DMT after a few cuts. Toko Side Edger was great but be soft with the file included as its aggressive bite. Nice smooth cuts with consistent pressure work great! Then polish out with lubricated DMT. Very pleased with results.

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Michael Collins

Michael Collinswrote a review of on November 13, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Toko T8 iron heats quickly and maintains a consistent temp across the thick base. Very easy to melt wax and drip on skis then smooth out. Run iron sideways with a good wax flow to cover base. Iron base is soft so be careful running up the steel edges - Let the iron move smoothly with wax spreading out through grooves onto skis. Very solid tool.

Another tip: The front lip of the heat plate is beveled at 45 degrees for smooth glide on the 1st pass of the newly dripped wax. Using any other side of the heat plate will basically just get stuck on the wax drips until the ski & wax heat-up.

Update Tip: Use a sheet of fiberlene under the iron for the final run and the wax will spread out even and smooth. This makes scraping easier and uses less wax overall. I cut sheets from the roll and use one sheet per ski.

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Michael Collins

Michael Collinswrote a review of on November 13, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Use the Toko World Cup Ski Vises extensively for the last month and they are absolutely great! Easy to setup ski for edging or waxing with good hold. Highly recommend to anyone.

Another tip: When waxing, put a small plastic bag over the ends and center vise to keep it clean. Its a pain to pick wax out later. Have fun!

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